School of Mathematics

Maths Week Scotland 2020

Maths Week Scotland is a Scottish government initiative, aimed at showing the beauty and creativity of Mathematics all around the country.

Every year we take part in the nationwide initiative Maths Week Scotland through a variety of exciting events and activities aimed at family, childern, teenagers and school teachers. In 2020 Maths Week Scotland was celebrated between the 28th September and the 4th October. Below is a list of our activities for Maths Week 2020. These include both live online events and resources for teachers and educators to use. A full program of our contribution to Maths Week 2021 will appear on this page in the coming months.


Live interactive events


Help students to love Maths- Workshop for Maths teachers: Wednesday 30th September 5:15-6:50

The School of Mathematics will host a workshop for mathematics teachers. The event will include syncronous and asyncronous elements. Participants will be able to listen to talks from school teachers and staff in the School of Mathematics, join in small group discussions as they tackle various Mathematical puzzles and activities, attend a Q&A session. The Deputy First Minister, Mr John Swinney, will address the event and be part of the Q&A panel.

The event is free to attend, but ticketed. It will take place on Wednesday 30th September from 5:15pm to 6:50pm. Further details and information on how to book a space can be found on this page.


Virtual Maths Circle: Saturday 3rd October 10:30-12:00

Althought we are not at the moment able to run our face to face events, we are still striving to reach out to the community and share our passion for Maths. Our first  online Maths Circle of the year will take place on Saturday 3rd October, with many puzzles and activities, and many students and researchers ready to welcome participants and talk them through the different puzzles. For further information about the event and how to book a space, visit this page.


Resources for teachers and educators


Climate change and Mathematics: resources for S4+

Climate Change is one of the biggest issues that we are currently facing, but did you know that there is actually a lot of maths behind it?  Check out our resources to see some of the number crunching that Climate Scientists do in their fight to save our planet!

The resources include a Powerpoint presentation, together with some notes for teachers and a lesson plan. They can be found on this page.


Tha Mathematics of Art: resources for S1+

Maths and Art are often seen as completely different subjects but there is more that connects them than you might think!  From Celtic art to Islamic art to the work of the Dutch artist Escher these resources and activities explore the links between these seemingly opposing subjects!

The resources include a Powerpoint presentation, together with notes for educators and a lesson plan. They will appear on this page in the coming weeks.


Have Fun with Maths: resources for primary and secondary schools

We are producing a kit of resources for P5-S3 students, aimed at developing mathematical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as showing the creative and fun side of mathematics. The resources will focus on strategy games and some applications of Maths to transport networks. They will include some videos, a range of puzzles catering different abilities, and a document with tips and advice for teachers who want to use them in the classroom. 

The resources can be found here.


Maths Week at Work: a series of videos for secondary schools

Five Maths graduates working in different sectors explain how they use maths in their jobs, and mention some of the struggles they were facing while studying maths. Then they will present a puzzle which is somehow related to their job.

Check this page for further details, and to watch the videos.


To find out about other activities taking place around Scotland during Maths Week 2019, visit this page.